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Horton Vineyards

Horton Vineyards Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home vineyard in Madison County, Virginia in 1983. It did not take him long to realize that, although the Virginia summers were warm enough to ripen almost any grape variety, the humid conditions favored growing grapes with thicker skins and loose clusters. The search was on for varieties that would flourish in the Virginia growing region and had the capacity to make some of the finest wines in the world.

From Washington DC - (1) South on 95 to Fredericksburg, take Rt.3 west to rt. 20, take 20 south to Orange, take a left onto 15 south to Gordonsville, then at the circle take Rt. 33 west Winery is 4 miles on the right. (2) West on 66 to 29 south at Gainesville, take 29 south to Ruckersville, then take a left onto 33 east, winery is 8 miles on the left. From Richmond: West on 64 to 15 north, take 15 to Gordonsville circle, cross circle and get on 33 west, winery 4 miles on the right.

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6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville, VA, US, 22942 Email:
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Fax: 540-832-7187
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  1996 Late Bottled Vintage Norton Port
This port was barreled down in the fall of 1996 and hasn't seen the light of day until early April 2004 when the public had a chance to taste what would become the First Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Norton Port made in Virginia and the only 100% Norton Port made in Virginia since the 1800's. At bottling, this wine will taste as though it had been aged in the bottle for over 20 years.
ALBARINO, arguably Spain's best white grape variety, is sometimes referred to as Spain's RIESLING, as much because it resembles the citrusy side of RIESLING in character as because its fragrant, spritz-fresh style makes it the perfect seafood white. It has plenty of body and fresh acidity with grapefruity, citrus-perfumed flavors.
  Bin Stonecastle Red
This is a soft, ripe, leathery, peppery and berry scented wine with an earthiness that is very popular with Rhone wine drinkers. This is a complex and long lived wine that is also ready to drink now. The Carignan donates raspberry flavors, the Mourvedre, a spicy earthiness, the Syrah, deep plum and cherry flavors and aromas, the Touriga Nacional, coffee and pepper, and finally the remaining blend gives depth and complexity. This wine is perfectly matched with any hearty meal including wild game and spicy stews.
  Bin Stonecastle White
Fine blend of Viognier, Marsanne & Chardonnay. Floral nose, rich fruit, semi-sweet finish. Our best picnic wine.
  Black Cat Chardonnay
Made from only the top barrels of Chardonnay to found at Horton Cellars, this wine is creamy and highly aromatic.
  Blue Run Chardonnay
100% fermented and aged in French oak. This wine is made from fruit grown at Horton Vineyards near Charlottesville, VA. Smokey, buttery aromas followed by a full bodied wine with a very long spicy finish.
  Cabernet Franc
Warm cedar, cherry aromas and flavors with pleasing broad palate. 3 Gold Medals: Florida State Fair.......Indy International.......Town Point Competition
  Chateau Le Cabin
These wines are the result of my hobby gone wild and the long lost dream of Chateau Le Cabin has finally come true. In the early 80's the great experiment began in my log cabin in Aroda, Virginia. The cabin's cellar was full of home winemaking gear and very small barrels full of the first tastes of Horton wine. Twenty-seven wines and 20 years later, Chateau Le Cabin has finally been made in the form of fruit wines unlike any I've ever tasted. Unlike most fruit wines, these are not candy sweet, but more like serious premium grape wines that are well balanced in acidity and sugar. Grape wine was added to make the wine more complex and food-worthy.
  Cotes d'Orange
This complex wine is a classic Grenache based Rhone style blend. The fruity Grenache is enhanced with pepper spice of Mourvedre, smoke and leather flavors of Syrah, rich texture of Carignan, and the floral notes of Tinta Cao, while the Viognier adds a tropical perfume. The wine is soft and supple which makes it excellent by itself or as an accompaniment to cheeses or tomato based dishes.
Dionysus was the last god to enter Olympus and now sits at the right hand side of Zeus as one of the Twelve Great Ones. In Greek Mythology, Dionysus, the god of wine, was born of fire and nursed by rain, like the hard burning heat that ripens the grapes and the water that keeps the vines alive. From only the finest harvest seasons do we choose to make the Horton Dionysus wine. This Dionysus is made from two Portuguese grapes, Touriga Nacional (77%), Tinta Cao (13%), and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The Touriga Nacional provides the intense layers of fruit while the Tinta Cao adds the floral nose followed by the tannins of Cabernet.
  Eden - Apple Dessert Wine
What says Virginia more than apples, apples, apples?
  Horton Mourvedre
Dennis Horton is known in the wine industry as the 'Lone Rhone Ranger of the East' and has shown that world class wines can be made in Virginia with hot weather grapes. At Horton Vineyards we currently have under vine 30 different varieties of grapes including 5 different Rhone vines; Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache, Syrah and last but definately not least Mourvedre (alias Mataro, Morrastel, Esparte).
The Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal), not unlike Virginia, is one of the hottest wine regions in the world. It is known for making some of the world's finest wines from the four grapes (Tempranillo, Graciano, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cao) which make up this dry Virginia red wine. This wine shows forward fruit aromas of wild berries, extremely soft chocolate cherry tannins, and a very long spicy finish.
  Late Harvest Viognier Lot 05
Rich tropical aromas of apricots & peaches, fresh citrus flavors, full bodied mouth feel.
  Lot 07 Eclipse Red
Tropical fruit flavors with a rich sweet finish. Serve slightly chilled. Perfect for Thai food.
  Lot 07 Eclipse White
ine blend of Viognier, Rkatsitelli. Floral nose, rich fruit, sweet finish.
Exotic berry nose followed by silky cherry and blackberry flavors.
Marsanne is an increasingly popular white grape variety probably originating in the northern Rhone region of France. It is earning itself a reputation as a full bodied, characterful varietal, or blending partner for more aromatic, acid varieties such as Roussanne & Viognier. The 1998 Horton Marsanne is medium colored, full bodied, aromatic, lush, with a long tropical finish with a hint of almonds throughout.
Nebbiolo, the great black grape variety produces a most distinctive and distinguished wine. The name, Nebbiolo, is a derivation of nebbia, or fog, a frequent phenomenon in the Piedmont of Italy in October when the Nebbiolo grape is harvested. Nebbiolo grown by Horton in the Piedmont of Virginia produces a delightful aromatic complexity and fullness of flavor which balances the acidity and soft tannins.
Extremely fruity aroma, sweet grape flavors, full mouth-feel followed by a long spicy finish.
The vision of Horton Vineyards is to grow grapes ideally suited to the climate of the Old Dominion. This vision has led to the planting of French Rhone, Bordeaux and native Virginia grapes. Horton Vineyards is proud to re-introduce the famous Norton wine, the original Virginia Claret. Norton is a native Virginia grape that produced the internationally prize winning clarets of the Monticello Wine Company of Charlottesville in the late 1800's. Our Norton has a dark, rich color and an intensely fruity aroma of plums and tart cherries. Ageing in oak for 14 months has given this wine a long, flavorful, spicy finish. A wine for game, grilled sausages, and spicy ethnic foods. 75% Norton, 13% Mourvedre, 6% Syrah, 4% Tannat, 3% Grenache
  Pear Port
Made in a traditional port style, this wine is very rich and smooth. 13%RS, 21% alc
  Petit Manseng
An engaging Pina Colada nose, this wine is rich with creamy flavors followed by a clean and firm acidic backbone. Gold Medal "Best White in Show" - 2007 Governor's Cup
  Petit Verdot
This high quality Bordeaux variety deserves to be better known as well as more popular but it doesn't always get ripe, especially in marginal climates. It is thick-skinned and produces richly concentrated, intense red wines which are usually added in small proportions to M├ędoc reds. It's grown in small quantities in California's Napa Valley and is currently viewed in parts of Australia, notably the Riverland, as a variety with the potential to produce premium reds.
Combines the finesse of Pinot Noir and the intensity of Cinsault. Red berry and cocoa aromas with sweet plum and smokey flavors.
  Reserve Horton Chardonnay
Made from only the top barrels of Chardonnay to found at Horton Cellars, this wine is creamy and highly aromatic.
Zesty orange peel aromas, citrus flavors and a long finish. A very rare wine for the white wine aficionado. Just say 'R-Kats!'
  Route 33 Red
This wine is made from a smorgasbord of red grapes. Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache. Highly aromatic dry red wine with aromas of cinnamon and spiced cherry. A perfect every day red at the right price.
  Route 33 White
A semi-dry blend of Marsanne, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Vidal Blanc. Floral and peachy aromas followed by spicy, nutty finish. A perfect every day white at the right price.
  Spotswood Trail Chardonnay
100% fermented and aged in French oak. This wine is made from fruit grown at Ivy Creek Vineyard near Charlottesville, VA. Smokey, buttery aromas followed by a full bodied wine with a very long spicy finish
  Stonecastle Blush
Spicy Rhone pink blend with a spicy finish.
  Stonecastle Blush
Spicy Rhone pink blend with a sweet finish.
  Stonecastle White
Fine blend of Viognier, Vidal & Albarino. Floral nose, rich fruit, semi-sweet finish. Our best picnic wine.
Aromas of bacon fat mingle nicely with the fruity red berry core. The light dusty tannins should integrate well with some bottle age. This wine was aged in new and old french and american oak barrels for 12 months then the Mourvedre and Pinotage were blended to enhance the spice (mourvedre) and smoke (pinotage) of this wine.
Tannat, a noble grape originally known for making big tannic wines of the Madiran in southwest France, produces this rich, full-bodied red wine, with a strong tannic backbone, leathery fruit flavors, and a long spicy finish. This wine will age beautifully for 7-10 years.
The mainstay of Rioja and a host of other Spanish reds, TEMPRANILLO is a versatile grape which is equally well used to making juicy young strawberryish reds as well as more serious, oak-aged reds with a veneer of vanilla, liquorice and tobacco spice characters overlaying the strawberry flavors. Like SANGIOVESE, it can be very savoury, a quality often defined as tobacco leaf, and it becomes leathery with age.
  Vidal Blanc
Ripe fruit with a slight lemon finish make this a perfect Crab Cake/Seafood wine.
  Vintage Port
The first Port made in Virginia since prohibition - Silky smooth blend of Norton, Touriga Nacional & Tinta Cao.
A bold, spicy, aromatic wine with intense peach and vanilla flavors. Smoked Salmon is the perfect match!! "Would blow almost every California Viognier off the table." Michael Dressor, Baltimore Sun. Gold Medal - Pacific Rim Competition (Orange County Fair, CA)


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rhodies says...
Norton Wine Review: This is a winery that successfully attempts to offer an extensive selection of locally grown grapes and produced wines. As for their Norton wine, I would say that Horton's mission is to introduce to the general public a good Norton blended wine (75% Norton, 13% Mourvedre, 6% Syrah, 4% Tannat, 3% Grenache) at a fair price and to this they unquestionably succeed. Norton wine is not a wine that most people automatically love to drink, but generally learn to enjoy after comparing with other local wines or other Norton wines. This Norton is a good starter (only $12) and then refine your taste to other available selections. Norton wines tend to be a developed taste which takes a bit of getting use to in enjoying. The first small sip taste generally is tart or sour, followed by a more acceptable palate, etc. When visiting the Horton Vineyards, give yourself ample time to taste and relax. It will be crowded, but the servers are very patient and pick up quickly on your likes and dislikes.